Saturday, January 21

Living the Abundant Life

I absolutely love this talk by our Prophet, President Monson Living the Abundant Life

This is exactly what I needed tonight.  The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a Gospel of peace, courage, faith, dedication and personal growth.  There are times in each of our lives when we may fear the unknown~and wish for an easier way.  But if we truly believe in eternal principles, then our knowledge and understanding of them will deepen,  I believe in many things. I trust in my Father in Heaven's watchful care and in our ability to live the abundant life.  It's all in our attitude, perspective, our choice to be courageous or not.  In my opinion, it is far better to live every day with faith and courage.  Our strength in the Lord only increases as we do this.

Saturday, January 7

Sacrifice


I am needing some recharging about now.  I've been doing well to keep on top of finances and many other things in my life.  My intention this year though, is to make it a priority always to put God first.  He is the only possible way for me to fulfill my responsibilities well.  I owe to Him everything that is good in my life.

One that is most prevalent in my mind right now is my ability, in the face of opposition, to stand firm in my faith, and in who I am.  My sense of value is now built where it ought to have been my entire life, and that is in Jesus Christ.

Nehemiah 12:43


"Also that day they offered great sacrifice
 and rejoiced: for God had made them arejoice with great joy: the wives also and the children rejoiced:"

I have recognized a theme in our household.  Those who are sacrificing for the good of those around them, can't help but rejoice.  Those who are self-focused do the opposite-they can't see past the negative in every given situation, and are easily irritated by little things.

I watch my son's attitude change from anger to simple gratitude, as he serves and works for the benefit of those around him.  It is my job to provide him with opportunities to serve so that he can learn this lesson young. 
I am thankful for the law of sacrifice.  Sacrifice brings rejoicing.  There is no better way on earth to learn this law than through daily family life.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is simple.  There are many eternal laws.  And this is one that I was blessed to learn as a child.  My parents never allowed us to get lost in self-service or self-indulgence.  They kept us outwardly focused, and helped us to realize at a young age that we were important in helping things to run smoothly in our household.  This is something I hope to pass on to my children.
 It is a JOY and blessing to serve and to sacrifice for a purpose...especially for the purpose of an eternal family!  There is no greater purpose in life than for our time and energy to be spent serving and loving our families.While my load may feel heavy at times, my faith and trust is in the Lord, who is able to make my burden light.  He is the Man I will  depend on when I start to feel overwhelmed.  We are told not to put our trust in the arm of flesh.  I have done that too much in the past.  And my life is so much happier now that I've learned to re-direct that trust heavenward.  


So I guess with all this, I'd like to say that sacrifice is worth it when you put your trust in God.

Wednesday, January 4

Learning Things

I've been noticing something about the way I present myself in front of others (especially those I don't know or trust).  I'm thankful to my older sister who brought this to my attention.
   For many many years, I've had this way of protecting myself from others' hurt, by being self-degrading.  
Unfortunately, I do the same about my children.  I will hurry and 'admit' their weaknesses or weak points so that others (as if they would) won't be the first to do so. Perhaps it stems from being made fun of in jr. high school, and all the damage I allowed that experience to cause.
  On the other hand, when I am surrounded by people who I know really love my children, and people that I really trust to love and accept me for who I am, it's not an issue.
 At home, we do very well to compliment our children often (maybe a little too much sometimes) on positive traits, encouraging good behavior, and telling them we love them.


  The two are not consistent with each other, and I can see how someone looking from the outside in, and seeing my little nit-picking going on in public may be concerned about my kids' sense of value (in a way too, I don't want to be a mom who is always bragging-so I smother those overwhelming  feelings of pride and gratitude just enough so that there's balance, conveying the message that "I know my kid isn't perfect, but she/he has great qualities").
  There's got to be a wiser and better way.  I'll find it, I'm sure.  I need a mind that is very different in approaching things than am I to jump in and give me a new perspective on this.
  Anyhow, I guess my lesson other than working on this little quirk of mine, is that you know that someone REALLY loves you, when they will tell you honestly and lovingly something they recognize that simply isn't right in your life.  So again, thank you my sister for doing that very thing for me :) And I'll get right on it!


And Mom, if you ever read this, know that the last time I did this for you (and I don't think any of us ought to do it often), it was purely out of love and concern.  I hope you understand that someday.

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